August 2017 : Children & Families

Children & Families

In an age where we are constantly in competition with our children's mobile phones, games consoles and tablets, it’s more important than ever to be keeping them active and healthy. What’s the easiest way to do this? Be their role model! Children learn by example, so as they develop daily habits your influence can have a huge impact on their health-related behaviour and healthy lifestyle choices. So the best way to get children active? Be active yourself! And the best way to ensure your children get their five-a-day? Eat five-a-day yourself!

These habits will stay with children throughout their lives meaning that healthy children are much less likely to have health problems in later life.

NHS Choices offers a range of tips for staying healthy as a family. Click on the links below to find out more:

The summer holidays are the perfect time to encourage your child to get out and about, and there’s no better way to do this than as a family. Whether its going for a walk through Swinley Forest or taking part in a sports group together, Bracknell Forest has a large range of activities for all at low or no cost. 

Providing entertainment for children for six weeks can be quite a task but if you run out of ideas for keeping the children up and active then why not download the Change4Life ‘Fun Generator’ App for 100 suggestions for indoor and outdoor activities. Available from the App Store or Google Play.

How about some ideas for a picnic?

Change4Life has a selection of healthy lunchbox ideas which are perfect for those summer picnics. Visit Change4Life for more information.

Summer holiday activities

The Look Out Discovery Centre
A hands-on science exhibition centre with coffee shop and play area. Call 01344 354400. 

Downshire Golf Complex Kids’ Camps
Offered during the main school holidays. Children aged four to eight can join for the morning only from 9am until 12 noon for £25 per day. Children aged eight plus are welcome to stay all day from 9am until 4pm for £37.50 per day. We will provide lunch and refreshments. Call 01344 302030.

Ball and Team Sports (BATS) Sessions

On Saturday mornings (weather permitting) BATS is running FREE sessions for anyone wishing to take part. For children aged six – 15 (accompanied by a responsible adult). 10am – 12.30pm, South Hill Park, Ringmead, RG12 7PA. For more information call Bert Ridley on 01344 423264 or email

Parks and countryside ranger-led walks

There are a number of family friend ranger-led walks happening across the borough in July, August and September. To request a full timetable you can either call us on 01344 351493 or visit the Bracknell Forest Council website

The parks and countryside team is also running a programme of 13 low-cost events across the borough between July and September, including counting butterflies, discovering bats, campfire cooking and bring your own picnic. Pre-booking required and under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Call 01344 354441 or email For the full programme, see the parks and countryside events page.

Children’s centres

There are many free or low-cost sessions open to all families in Bracknell Forest with babies and toddlers at local children’s centres, including story time, bounce & rhyme, well baby clinics, breastfeeding support, soft play and much more!

  • The Rowans and Sycamores Children’s Centre
    Pond Moor Road, Easthampstead, RG12 7JZ. Call 01344 312800
  • The Oaks and Hollies Children’s Centre
    Wordsworth, Bracknell, RG12 8QN. Call 01344 317020
  • The Willows and Maples Children’s Centre
    Priestwood Court Road, Priestwood, RG42 1TU. Call 01344 354450
  • The Alders and Chestnuts Children’s Centre
    Branksome Hill Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0QE. Call 01344 354200